Nagaland: After drastic lull, vehicle registrations gather momentum

Morung Express News
Dimapur | September 13

After falling drastically in the first seven months of 2020, particularly from April to July, vehicle registrations in Nagaland gathered some momentum in August and the pace is continuing in September. 

According to official data maintained by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Nagaland witnessed 690 vehicle registrations in August, a huge jump when compared with previous three months.  

The ‘upward’ trend is continuing this month and till September 12, there were 787 registrations. 

While the data showed general decline since 2019, the registrations fell significantly during from April-July period due to the impact of lockdown measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. 

There were just 10 registrations in July, according to the VAHAN Dashboard, the online data repository of all vehicles registration and other related issues in the country developed by the National Informatic Centre (NIC).

However, with the gradual easing of lockdown protocols in August as well as further lifting of restrictions with Unlock 4.0 since September 1, the registration of vehicles are increasing.  

Overall, the registrations of vehicles in the first 8 months of 2020 in Nagaland, however, were still down by 55.63% when compared with the same period last year. 

In terms of category, Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) and Two Wheeler (Non-Transport) led the number in registrations with 322 and 348 respectively in August. 

370 LMVs and 346 Two Wheelers (NT) were registered till September 12, as per the VAHAN Dashboard. 

The most preferred original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or ‘Maker’ for August and September was Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.

A total of 186 vehicles were registered in August under the brand while there were 165 so far in September. 

Hero Motocorp Ltd followed next with combined registrations of 225 vehicles from August 1 –September 12. The third was Mahindra & Mahindra Limited with a total registration of 173 vehicles during the same period.

However, registrations for all categories of vehicle are considerably down in 2020 when compared with previous years.
For instance, registrations till August were 21,512 and 9,544 vehicles respectively for 2019 and 2020.

Likewise, there were 2,326 vehicles registrations in August 2019 as against 690 this year.  (See Table) 

Nagaland: Over 50% decline as COVID-19 puts the brakes on vehicle registrations